Richard Garriott's Kickstarter campaign for Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is within striking distance of being fully funded. The campaign has generated $905,628 of the $1 million in funding it needs, and a new announcement today from his studio Portalarium will likely put it over the required threshold.
Today Portalarium announced that Tracy Hickman, New York Times Best-selling author of the Dragonlance and Deathgate series, will serve as the game's lead story designer. Hickman his written over fifty books including Dragonlance Chronicles, Dragonlance Legends, Rose of the Prophet, the Darksword, the seven-book Deathgate Cycle series, several StarCraft books, and many more. He, along with his wife Laura have also worked on a number of traditional RPGs based on various properties including Ravenloft and Serenity.
“There is a tremendous opportunity to create something meaningful, challenging and wondrous in Shroud of the Avatar,” Tracy Hickman said. “I’m thrilled to play a part in it.”
“Tracy is not only a good friend, but also a master storycrafter whose writing I’ve greatly admired for over twenty years,” says Richard Garriott. “Tracy’s talent will add a unique richness and depth to Shroud of the Avatar.”
You can check out a video featuring Hickman to your left.